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Bacoor band hit by car on first day of Simbang Gabi



Bacoor band hit by car on first day of Simbang Gabi

A band leader was critically wounded while 15 of his bandmates were also hurt after a car hit them in Bacoor City on Tuesday.

Supt. Vicente Cabatingan, chief of the Bacoor City police, told that Raccie Garcia Torres, 35, rests at the Intensive Care Unit of the St. Dominic Medical Center as of Wednesday.

According to Cabatingan, Torres and his bandmates were rounding the Evangelista Road in Barangay Maliksi 1 at around 2 a.m. when the Mitsubishi Mirage run by a certain Jhapet John Gulmatico knocked them from the back.

Cabatingan said it is the band’s tradition to wake up churchgoers on the first day of Simbang Gabi.

The suspect, who works long hours as a service crew in Manila, purportedly fell asleep while driving, Cabatingan said.

Torres bore the most serious injuries as he was the first to be bumped by the vehicle. Cabatingan said the car even ran over the victim. The band’s instruments were also damaged.

Five of the victims, including Torres, remain at the St. Dominic Medical Center while another injured member is confined at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila.

Cabatingan said the victims include 10 minors, the youngest of whom is 11 years old.

The suspect was brought to the Bacoor lock up the cell in Barangay Talaba 4 as he faces charges of reckless imprudence occurring in multiple serious physical injuries and damage to properties.

News source: Cathrine Gonzales, Philippine Inquirer

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